Alexander Williams, High Commissioner-designate to the United Kingdom (right). Kurt Davis, Consul-General-designate in Toronto (left).

The government of Jamaica has made two new appointments to the country’s diplomatic corps.

Former president of the Jamaican Bar Association and former Senator, Alexander Williams, has been appointed the new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Mr Williams will assume duties in early October.

He replaces Seth Ramocan who has held the position since 2016.

Kurt Davis has been appointed the new Consul-General in Toronto. He’ll assume duties this month.

Mr. Davis replaces long time diplomat Lincoln Downer in the role.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday night.

Minister Johnson Smith says both men are endowed with a wealth of experience in their respective careers and personal endeavours which have equipped them to undertake their new roles in service to the Government and people of Jamaica.

“I have charged them with ramping up the work of the Ministry, including deepening Jamaica’s engagement with the Diaspora as well as strengthening commercial and investment ties with Jamaica,” said Minister Johnson Smith.

Mr Williams has practiced as an attorney-at-law for the past 33 years. Mr Williams served in the Upper House of Parliament in Jamaica between 2012 and 2016. Mr. Williams has served on several Joint Select Committees of Parliament, including committees dealing with banking, insolvency, police oversight, corruption and integrity and sexual offences.

In addition, Mr Williams has served on the board of directors of several national institutions, and as chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO).

Meanwhile, Mr. Davis is a career diplomat with more than 20 years of service. Most recently, he served as Jamaica’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. His previous assignments include tours of duty in Pretoria and as Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Jamaica in Berlin.

Mr. Davis was also seconded to the United Nations as Senior Adviser in the Office of the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly from 2017 to 2018. Mr. Davis holds Master’s degrees in Diplomacy and in International Law.

Minister Johnson Smith says she has full confidence both appointees will continue to deepen relationships the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.